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Roadside Geology Guides
April 22, 2014 | Store

Since 1972 the “Roadside Geology” series has provided introductory information on the geology of states and small regions of the United States.

The books provide a combination of maps, travel logs, photos and commentary for the geology that can be seen along highways or visited at parks and public viewing areas. They are popular with geologists, teachers, students and others who are interested in the Earth.

Premium Satellite Prints
April 15, 2014 |

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Pittsburgh: Landslide Capital of the East
April 8, 2014 | WTAE News

WTAE News has a video report on a large landslide, with a chute about 100 yards wide on the side of Mount Washington. Pittsburgh has lots of landslides because it is a city flanked by steep river valley walls, lots of precipitation and weak red shales forming much of the bedrock.

Related: Landslide Incidence Map

Geography of Heating Fuels
April 1, 2014 | Energy Information Administration

The Energy Information Administration has published information on the geography of propane and heating oil use for residential space heating.

What is the Bermuda Triangle?
February 20, 2014 | NOAA

“The Bermuda Triangle is a region in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean in which ships, planes, and people are alleged to have mysteriously vanished.” NOTE: This article is by NOAA.

Perspectives on Exporting US Crude?
February 13, 2014 | UPI

A US Senator from Alaska says… “Opening up world markets to U.S. crude oil will lower the global price, which will in turn lower the global prices for petroleum products.”

A US airlines industry VP says… “Exporting U.S. crude makes little sense. [...] If we allow for the export of U.S. crude, we’ll have to import more oil from overseas and subject ourselves, once again, to an increasing degree of price volatility and higher global prices.”

The idea of exporting US crude hits different people different ways. Alaska has a surplus of oil and exporting it to Asia is as easy as delivering it to California. The airlines company owns a refinery in the eastern United States.

US Energy Mapping System
January 5, 2014 | Energy Information Administration

The Energy Information Administration has an interactive map of energy locations in the United States. You can use it to plot data layers showing the location of wind (see map sample below), coal mines, biomass plants, geothermal, hydroelectric, and many other types of energy projects.

Floods and Landslides in Brazil
January 2, 2014 | NASA Earth Observatory

“Widespread floods are plaguing at least three states in southeast Brazil. Heavy rains lasted throughout December in Minas Gerais, Bahia, and Espirito Santo States, causing floods and mudslides. December rainfall in Espirito Santo has already reached 714 millimeters (28.11 inches), an all-time record monthly rainfall.”

Provenance of Obsidian Artifacts
November 12, 2013 | Columbus Dispatch

Ancient people carried and traded obsidian objects over wide geographic areas. Researchers have found success at attributing these artifacts with the geographic locality of an eruption by measuring their magnetic characteristics.

Related: What is Obsidian?

Natural Gas Flaring from Space
October 30, 2013 |

We have posted views of Earth from NASA’s Suomi satellite that show night illumination and natural gas flaring for oil industry sites in the Bakken Formation, Eagle Ford Shale, Alaska North Slope, United States Gulf, Mexican Gulf, Venezuela Orinoco Field, Brazil offshore basins, North Sea, North Africa onshore, west Africa offshore, and Persian Gulf.

Mapping The Rim Fire
September 4, 2013 | NASA Earth Observatory

As of yesterday the Rim Fire had burned 235,841 acres of brush, oaks, and pine in the Sierra Nevada Range near and in Yosemite National Park. NASA’s Earth Observatory has a day-by-day map that shows the spread of the fire atop of a shaded relief map.

Regional Concentrations of Scientists and Engineers
August 27, 2013 | National Science Foundation

“According to a recently published report by the National Science Foundation, science and engineering employment in the United States is geographically concentrated in a small number of states. Further, several major metropolitan areas within these states account for the highest S&E employment.” Quoted from the National Science Foundation press release.

Earth Science Week International Photo Contest
August 25, 2013 | Earth Science Week

“The American Geosciences Institute is expanding eligibility for its annual Earth Science Week photography contest to allow international members of all AGI Member Societies to participate for the first time.” Quoted from the AGI press release.

The Maps of Yosemite
July 11, 2013 | Yosemite National Park

This video describes some of the types of maps that have been created for Yosemite National Park and the audiences of people who use them.

Geology and the Civil War
June 17, 2013 | Pennsylvania Geological Survey

The most recent issue of Pennsylvania Geology has an article titled: “The Role of Geology and Terrain in the Defeat of Stuart East of Gettysburg, July 3, 1863″.

Most Popular May 16 to May 31
June 4, 2013 |

When Did Plate Tectonics Begin?

Large Impact on the Moon

Mount St. Helens – 33 Years

Popocatepetl Eruption

History of the Prime Meridian

The Orphan Tsunami of 1700

New Roadside Geology of Georgia
May 30, 2013 | Store

Pamela Gore and William Witherspoon have recently published “Roadside Geology of Georgia“, a new guidebook in the Mountain Press Roadside Geology Series.

This is a field guidebook for the state of Georgia with road logs and maps that describe the physical and historical geology.

History of the Prime Meridian
May 29, 2013 | National Geographic

How did Greenwich, England become Earth’s zero-degree longitude reference point?

First Saudi Woman to Climb Everest
May 18, 2013 | The Daily Star

Today, Raha Muharraq became the first woman from Saudi Arabia to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Science on a Sphere
January 10, 2013 | New York Times

Digital globes used to be something seen only in science centers and museums are now becoming economical enough that high schools and smaller organizations can obtain them. Advances in programming and access to data make them more interesting and useful for education.

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